The mayor and board of trustees have issued a proclamation declaring the week of Nov. 10-18 to be National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week in the village of Cooperstown.
The week has been co-sponsored for several years by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness to increase awareness of the homelessness and hunger across the county, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless’s website.
The purpose of the local proclamation is to increase awareness about the many reasons people are hungry and homeless, including the shortage of affordable housing in the village for very low-income residents and to encourage support for homeless and hunger assistance service providers, as well as community service opportunities for students and school service organizations.
The village, the proclamation states, recognizes that hunger and homelessness continue to be a serious problem for some people in the village.
According to the proclamation, the intent of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week is consistent with the activities of many organizations committed to providing housing support services, meals and food supplies to those in need, such as Opportunities for Otsego Emergency Housing Assistance Program, local churches and the Cooperstown Food Bank.
The proclamation also encourages all residents to be aware of the fact many people do not have adequate food or housing and need support from citizens and public/private entities.